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It’s funny how time seems to warp when we try to recall movie dates, and books are the same. It’s incredible that the world’s favourite young wizard, Harry Potter, has been around in print for 20 years! As it happens, we’ve been tricked… Harry has actually been around for 37 years! For those baffled by the mystical maths, Harry came to life in 1997 with The Philosopher’s Stone, but he was actually born to J.K Rowling back in 1990, apparently on a crowded train… fortunately only in her mind!
Independence Day is the American national holiday every July 4th. It commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The rest of the world wants a slice of this American pie too, so every year on this day, events and activities are organised with the aim of celebrating American style.
There are lots of ways to embrace American culture, and it can be heaps of fun. America is famous for many things, from diners to Budweiser and hip-hop beats, and Melbourne is more than happy to take a leaf out of America’s book for a day. If you want to get involved in the city’s celebration of America this 4th July, we have some tips for you:
Winter in Melbourne can be a really fun time. We may not be blessed with an abundance of snow, but we certainly understand the meaning of chilly! Either way, we’ve got a good excuse to embrace all things wintery, and with snow, sometimes it’s simply a case of fake it ‘til you make it!
The reality is that Melburnians will happily celebrate anything at any time, all year round, but one of the best ways to celebrate is to throw a theme on things! We do this according to tradition, or season, and sometimes just for the hell of it. Melbourne is full of fun things to do in winter, and to maximise the fun quota, we’ve put a costume twist on them all:
We don’t really need to tell you that Book Week costumes in Australia are kind of a big deal. Reading is integral to our development. They say that your perception of the world is only as good as your vocabulary, and that seems to be true. At a young age, books spark the imagination, and therefore our innate creativity; they take us into new worlds on adventurous journeys where we can explore all possibilities!
Bastille Day is a commemoration of the events of 14th July 1789, when crowds of angry Parisians stormed the Bastille prison. This was an act of rebellion, intended to communicate their resistance to the king’s supreme rule; it ended up being the beginning of the French Revolution, in fact, and the subsequent formulation of the modern French Republic.
Since 1880, 14th July has been national holiday in France. It is called Fête de la Fédération and celebrates the success of those who risked all for change on that fateful day. This celebration of French culture now happens all over the world, with parties, balls, feasts, fireworks and parades… all in the name of freedom. It should come as no surprise that Melbourne is fully on board with this too!
Why Celebrate Oktoberfest…Melbourne Oktoberfest Activities
Back in 1810 a tradition was born. It is a tradition that has not only been upheld wholeheartedly to date, but has also been embraced by citizens of countries all around the world. Oktoberfest is one of the best-known annual celebrations in the world, and as it never gets any less entertaining, the chances are it is set to continue into the next century!
In Munich, Germany on 12th October 1810, Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig married the Saxon-Hildburghausen Princess Therese. When all the citizens of Munich were invited to join in the festivities, an unforgettable party ensued. This party went on for five days, with revelers celebrating the matrimony in the fields just outside of the city gates.
From then onwards, celebrations were repeated each year in Munich, and they earned the name Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest became the world’s largest beer festival, but 5 days was clearly not enough! The festival now goes on for 16 days, during which time more than 6 million people swig back an unfathomable 1.5 millions gallons of beer.
It’s highly unlikely that you haven’t experienced (or at least heard of) Saint Patrick’s Day by now. This patron Saint of Ireland has hero status around the world and his death is observed with huge celebrations every March 17th.
Melbourne would never be one to miss out on this grand opportunity, so the city gets decked out in green and partakes in a hefty number of memorable activities. So what is Saint Patrick’s Day all about… and how can you get involved in Melbourne?